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Dr. Alison Barker

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Social Systems and Circuits Group
Max-von-Laue Str. 4

60438 Frankfurt




+49 (0)69 850033-0


Scientific Focus

Neural circuits for social communication and cooperation


behavior, machine learning, bioacoustics, in vivo calcium imaging, electrophysiology

Selected Publications

Barker, A. J. (2021). Brains and speciation: Control of behavior. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 71, 158–163.

Barker, A.J., Koch, U., Lewin, G.R., Pyott S. (2021) Hearing and vocalizations in the naked mole-rat. Adv Exp Med Biol 1319, 157–195.

Barker, A.J.*, Veviurko, G., Bennett, N.C., Hart, D.W., Mograby, L., and Lewin, G.R*. (2021). Cultural transmission of vocal dialect in the naked mole-rat. Science  371, 503–507. *co-corresponding authors

Eigenbrod, O., Debus, K. Y., Reznick, J., Bennett, N. C., Sánchez-Carranza, O., Omerbašić, D., Hart, D. W., Barker, A. J., Zhong, W., Lutermann, H., Katandukila, J. V., Mgode, G., Park, T. J., & Lewin, G. R. (2019). Rapid molecular evolution of pain insensitivity in multiple African rodents. Science, 364 (6443), 852–859.

Barker, A.J., and Baier, H. (2015). Sensorimotor decision making in the zebrafish tectum. Curr.Biol. 25, 2804–2814.

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